Last month the General Assembly finalized Virginia’s plan to spend $3.2 billion in federal stimulus funds to support our communities and working families. Now that Special Session is behind us, it’s time to focus on the upcoming elections. The entire House of Delegates is on the ballot this November, as well as the offices of Governor, Lieutenant Governor, and Attorney General. Election Day is November 2. Early in-person voting begins September 17. Vote early at:
- Prince William County Office of Elections in Manassas,
- Haymarket Gainesville Community Library, or
- Woodbridge DMV
Early voting locations are open Monday-Friday. Prince William County early voting locations open on Saturdays beginning October 9 and will be open on Sunday, October 24. If you want to vote by mail, request your mail-in ballot before October 22. Thanks to our Democratic majority’s work to expand voting rights, Virginia no longer requires an excuse to vote early or by mail!
Virginia’s Stimulus Package
The stimulus budget that became law in August utilized federal COVID-19 relief dollars to make transformative, forward-looking investments in Virginia’s infrastructure. As Chair of the House Appropriations Committee, I’m particularly proud of this budget and the positive changes it will bring to communities in every region of Virginia. Read my op-ed in the Prince William Times for an overview of some of these historically ambitious projects.
As I wrote for the Richmond Times-Dispatch, our budget also prioritized Virginia’s working families, sending relief in the form of rent and utility assistance, food access programs, improvements to our unemployment system, small business grants, hazard pay, and much more.
Back to School
Last week meant back to school for Prince William County Schools students. The General Assembly has taken steps to make this school year as safe as possible. We dedicated $40 million in state funding – in addition to millions in federal grants – to help schools address interrupted learning. We directed $250 million to upgrade schools’ ventilation systems so that our children are breathing cleaner air in the classroom. I also helped raise teacher pay to historic levels and secured funding to hire more school nurses and counselors.
Public education has always been among my top priorities. As our students head back into the classroom, I join all our parents and educators in wishing them the safest, best school year possible.
My campaign for re-election received new endorsements since my last email to you! I am now proudly endorsed by CASA In Action and Virginia AFL-CIO.
See every organization supporting my re-election on my website: https://delegatetorian.com/about-luke/our-supporters/.
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